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What’s next for Adrian Peterson?

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With the Vikings signing Latavius Murray and closing the door on Adrian Peterson, it remains to be seen where Peterson will play in 2017.

Interest has been tepid, with only the Seahawks bringing him in for a visit. The slow market likely arises from financial expectations based on what Peterson has been paid in recent years. Until Peterson realizes that he’ll be making far, far less than he ever has, he won’t be inclined to sign a contract with the frame of mind necessary to embrace, and not resent, his next employer.

That’s possibly why other teams in which he has expressed interest — the Raiders, Buccaneers, Giants, Texans, and Patriots — have done nothing to reciprocate. If Peterson wants to be paid $10 million or more in 2017, he’s simply not going to to be paid anything.

The broader question is whether Peterson’s assessment of his value will drop far enough to result in a deal before offseason programs open, or before they close. Peterson as recently as last year complained about the grind of OTAs; he can easily avoid it by choosing to remain a free agent through June.

Then the question becomes whether he will simply wait for an inevitable injury. If, for example, a high-profile tailback playing for a team in Texas with a blue logo on a silver helmet should suffer some sort of serious condition in training camp, the preseason, or the early days of the regular season, Peterson instantly would have a landing spot in a perfect location. If no starter for a contender becomes injured into December, Peterson would then have to ask himself whether he wants to take whatever he can get for a chance to play deep into January. Even if his role is a fraction of what it once was.

Finally, let’s not discount spite. With the Vikings publicly declaring that Peterson is done, would Peterson accept a low-salary, high-incentive deal from the Packers, simply for the privilege of sticking it to the team that decided after a decade that it no longer believes in him? If Peterson has no other options, why not vent some frustration from the team that didn’t see fit to keep paying Peterson to do what he had done for the past decade.

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67 Responses to “What’s next for Adrian Peterson?”
  1. ronskd says: Mar 16, 2017 7:22 PM

    My guess is bankruptcy court in 2 to 3 years!!

  2. durkland says: Mar 16, 2017 7:27 PM

    I for one wouldn’t mind seeming him in green and gold for a year.

  3. omeimontis says: Mar 16, 2017 7:28 PM

    Hang it up.

  4. beerbratscheese says: Mar 16, 2017 7:31 PM

    I don’t know how I would feel if AP signed with the Packers. On one hand, he’s a deplorable piece of garbage. On the other, he’s completely washed up. I REALLY wish the Vikings would have resigned him.

  5. rtl1984 says: Mar 16, 2017 7:34 PM

    He might actually have to get used to the thought of being a backup somewhere. He’s getting old and clearly isn’t the same A.P. (Yeah the o-line was horrible but he couldn’t make the usual cuts). This just screams Emmitt Smith going to the Cardinals, that’s why teams are nervous.

    He’ll sell jerseys and tickets, sure. But all the violent running has finally caught up to him. Father Time wins again.

  6. 4512dawg4512 says: Mar 16, 2017 7:44 PM

    For my sake I hope he goes to the Browns, for his sake I hope he doesn’t, but they do have the cap room for him

  7. azblonguy says: Mar 16, 2017 7:47 PM

    Its worth a gamble to sign with the Packers with incentives. Whats 3 million dollars or so with a huge salary cap budget.

  8. pastabelly says: Mar 16, 2017 7:52 PM

    Won’t be the Patriots. They just gave $3 million to the running back who played for the Bengals. They still have White and Lewis too.

  9. dragonfly99 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:04 PM

    Packers should give Rick Spielman some of his own medicine and sign AP for an incentive only deal. Too bad AP is such a deplorable person.

  10. mnfaninil says: Mar 16, 2017 8:04 PM

    Would love to see Rogers on the ground with Griffen on top of him and Peterson standing there with a dumb look on his face. That WOULD be classic. Go get him GB.

  11. ajd4 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:04 PM

    I would rather the Packers sign Blount or just wait for the draft. No other position transitions to the NFL better than running back. At this point, there is no reason for teams to throw any money at him. He is more likely to have a bad year than a good year at this stage in his career.

  12. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Mar 16, 2017 8:06 PM

    Retirement.

  13. shaggytoodle says: Mar 16, 2017 8:10 PM

    The same thing that happens to all RBS over 30 that have lost a step. They try to hang on for 1 or 2 more seasons then they go away.

  14. goldtooth80 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:14 PM

    The giants will swoop in and grab him for 1.5 million on a one year deal.

  15. number1hawkfan says: Mar 16, 2017 8:18 PM

    I hope he signs somewhere for decent money so his 7 kids from 7 different women can have a good life. Oh wait, he’s a terrible father? I hope he gets NOTHING!!!

  16. mackcarrington says: Mar 16, 2017 8:18 PM

    ronskd says:
    Mar 16, 2017 7:22 PM
    My guess is bankruptcy court in 2 to 3 years!!
    ==============
    Dude has made nearly $50 mil so far. I doubt he’s blown it all. He doesn’t appear bright sometimes but nobody has accused him of being Vince Young.

  17. seanx40 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:22 PM

    What’s next? Either a very humbling experience of signing for the vet minimum. And performing badly, and getting cut. Or not getting signed at all.

    Then retirement. And bankruptcy. And constant legal issues because he can’t pay child support for his 37 children by 36 mothers. Probably a few more arrests for child torture and abuse. A domestic violence charge or two.

    A Hall of Fame induction ceremony, someday. The Vikings retiring his number.

  18. zygizag says: Mar 16, 2017 8:27 PM

    Things I will miss
    Hard runner.
    Still can run you over if he is finally running forward.
    He carried the team one year to the play-offs by himself with Ponder handoffs.
    Honesty

    Things I will not miss
    rookie RB showing AP where to line up – not the fastest learning RB out there.
    Only running well out of one spot.
    The D knowing it is a pass because AP is looking all around trying to figure out who to block.
    Crucial drive hold to the ball and … never mind. Especially in the play-offs Saints & Seahawks
    He can catch but is not a natural, ball eats him up. By the time he has caught it if the defender was anywhere around him he is down.
    Overpaying for the position — thats on the front office

  19. waggle43 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:27 PM

    If the Packers O line is as good as they say maybe they should take him.

  20. drunkinsconnie says: Mar 16, 2017 8:29 PM

    Green Bay should sign him. He can fumble away their superbowl hopes for a change.

  21. zygizag says: Mar 16, 2017 8:30 PM

    How could I forget. I will not miss the sheepish looks he gives the QB after he whiffed on his block —- again.

    One reason why Sam Bradford made it through the year. AP was gone alot.

  22. wordpress8er says: Mar 16, 2017 8:33 PM

    I am not sure Peterson is as washed up as people think he is. In 2015, he did lead the NFL in rushing. Remember the Vikings didn’t play him in the preseason for years. This lack of contact in the preseason has meant he tended to start his seasons slow. By mid season, he has been back in form. Last year he was injured before that could happen.

    Peterson only needs 600 yards to move into the top ten rushers in NFL history. That likely means more to him than the money at this point.

    In addition to money, the knock on Peterson is lack of versatility. In addition to not doing OTA and preseason games. Peterson does not pass block. And while he is a decent receiver (15 on the Vikings’ all time receptions list) it is not his forte.

  23. 1pavikingfan says: Mar 16, 2017 8:42 PM

    “Would Peterson accept a low-salary, high-incentive deal from the Packers, simply for the privilege of sticking it to the team that decided after a decade that it no longer believes in him? ”

    The Vikings paid him 97 million over 10 years. He did not deliver a championship. He fumbled in the Seattle playoff game and in the Saint game too.

    If he cared about Minnesota, he would have offered a very team friendly deal. Player first and team second does not work in football.

  24. ak185 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:43 PM

    If he goes to GB, he’s in for a bad time. Nothing against Lane Taylor, but the Packers have lost their best guards in two consecutive years and have failed to replace them. Despite Minnesota’s O-line troubles, they’ve had good guard play mostly the last few years, albeit not as consistently as they would prefer.

  25. stexan says: Mar 16, 2017 8:53 PM

    Switch to quarterback. A certain team in Texas with a bull on its helmet will give you $17 mil/yr.

  26. rclindhe says: Mar 16, 2017 9:08 PM

    Come to the Patriots for a cut rate price, but with the ability to get that ring you know you want!

    You have, or should have, millions in the bank. Get the one true ring….

  27. genericcommenter says: Mar 16, 2017 9:18 PM

    If he cared about Minnesota, he would have offered a very team friendly deal. Player first and team second does not work in football.
    ——————–

    Maybe the team didn’t want a deal on any terms.

  28. mikeyhigs says: Mar 16, 2017 9:26 PM

    With Zeke on the verge of suspension, why isn’t anyone mentioning the Cowboys?

  29. wrm1230 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:29 PM

    Anyone who thinks the best two guards in GB were Sitton and Lang simply don’t know football and only us familiarity to base their opinion. Watch film.

  30. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:35 PM

    genericcommenter says:
    Maybe the team didn’t want a deal on any terms.

    A lot of posters seem to be overlooking or discounting that possibility, but I suspect you may be right.

  31. yooperman says: Mar 16, 2017 10:13 PM

    He can spend more time with his kids, or not.

  32. beerbratscheese says: Mar 16, 2017 10:14 PM

    wordpress8er says:
    Mar 16, 2017 8:33 PM
    I am not sure Peterson is as washed up as people think he is. In 2015, he did lead the NFL in rushing. Remember the Vikings didn’t play him in the preseason for years. This lack of contact in the preseason has meant he tended to start his seasons slow. By mid season, he has been back in form. Last year he was injured before that could happen.
    ——————–

    Yet in 2015, despite leading the league in rushing, he totally fell off the table at the end of the year. In six if the last eight games that year (including the playoff loss), he averaged three and half yards or less per run.

  33. questionableopinion says: Mar 16, 2017 10:23 PM

    The Packers run shotgun often and AP doesn’t fit their system. If they signed him, he would be limited in a lot of ways. Sounds like a headache just thinking of how you would make it work. I’d rather have Jamaal Charles if he proved to be healthy and capable.

  34. fordbw says: Mar 16, 2017 10:35 PM

    Somewhere there’s a glue factory with his name all over it.

  35. qbarrel says: Mar 16, 2017 10:36 PM

    Even at his best, he was a two-down back with ball security issues, who couldn’t pass protect or catch a pass. Now that his bread and butter running skills have diminished, what’s left that’s worth taking a gamble on?

  36. petedutcherjr says: Mar 16, 2017 10:49 PM

    I don’t know why he would want to stick it to the Vikings. They stuck with him every time he got injured, which was a lot.

    He may have been the best, but he was probably the most unhealthy too.

  37. LombardisHouse says: Mar 16, 2017 11:02 PM

    1.9 yards per carry in 2016 and he wants 10 mil. Enjoy retirement AP!

  38. gb15class says: Mar 16, 2017 11:07 PM

    Fumbles often. Doesn’t pass block. No longer has burst. Injury prone.

    Yeah, sure hope the Packers go get him!

  39. soverytiredoflies says: Mar 16, 2017 11:22 PM

    I don’t want him on the Patriots. The guy is an unrepentant child abuser. Even if you put that aside he doesn’t protect the football and hopefully that will lead BB to steer clear.

  40. immafubared says: Mar 17, 2017 12:45 AM

    What’s sad is he is 31 and were calling him old man, over the hill, thanks for the memories but next man up. Were putting him out to pasture. Ya he made the bucks and if he invested it well he will live comfortably.
    Ya we may have seen the last of him. Who knows?
    He was one of the great backs of our time. Thats all folks.

  41. ryanc2015 says: Mar 17, 2017 1:25 AM

    Denver – where aging free agents come for a ring.

  42. rclindhe says: Mar 17, 2017 1:41 AM

    soverytiredoflies says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:22 PM

    I don’t want him on the Patriots. The guy is an unrepentant child abuser. Even if you put that aside he doesn’t protect the football and hopefully that will lead BB to steer clear.
    =================================

    I agree, I take back my wish for him to take a discount to come to NE.

  43. footballisnotthatimportant says: Mar 17, 2017 3:50 AM

    Running backs still don’t get it.

  44. ak185 says: Mar 17, 2017 5:01 AM

    Lol who do the Packers have at guard better than Lang or Sitton? Lane Taylor took over for Sitton after he left. Nobody else has started at OG other than those guys the last couple of years. When did Aaron Rodgers start getting dropped 30 times a game? After Ted Thompson decided Sitton was expendable. Their tackles are fine. Their guards are not.

    They had to play Letroy Guion, a defensive tackle, at guard this past year against Atlanta. Tell me again how set they are at guard. Please, tell me.

  45. fmc651 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:11 AM

    mackcarrington says:
    Mar 16, 2017 8:18 PM
    Dude has made nearly $50 mil so far. I doubt he’s blown it all.
    ))))))))))))))))))

    The Vikings have paid AD $97 million dollars.

  46. fmc651 says: Mar 17, 2017 9:15 AM

    soverytiredoflies says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:22 PM

    I don’t want him on the Patriots. The guy is an unrepentant child abuser. Even if you put that aside he doesn’t protect the football and hopefully that will lead BB to steer clear.
    )))))))))))))))))))))))))

    Because we all know the moral high ground the Pats stand on. Murders okay however. Give it a rest.

  47. packertruth says: Mar 17, 2017 9:30 AM

    And while he is a decent receiver (15 on the Vikings’ all time receptions list) it is not his forte.
    ____________________

    He’s caught less than 2 balls per game in his career.

  48. htowntexan says: Mar 17, 2017 9:52 AM

    He can come to the Texans with Romo, and we can lock-down the Ben Gay spokesperson market.

  49. emoney826 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:06 AM

    @ak185,

    Nobody thought Lane Tayler would step in and play well after Sitton was cut. He was awful in preseason but played well during the season. Sitton and Lang are not good run blockers. They’re great pass blockers. Lang will be replaced. Whether with Murphy, Bulaga, Spriggs, or a draft pick. They’ll be fine there.

  50. truepurplefan says: Mar 17, 2017 10:08 AM

    “””” Does it really matter where AD goes ? “””””

    Welcome #25 Latavius !!!! Best of Luck !!!! SKOL !!!!!!

  51. pryrates2020 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:16 AM

    Man would I love AP “blocking” for A-Rodge on a Zimmer Blitz.

  52. fmc651 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:17 AM

    Packers.Ted make the call.

  53. 400marios says: Mar 17, 2017 10:24 AM

    I’ve been studying the market trends of high-priced power running backs over the age of 30 who can’t catch or pass-block.

    …the good news is that a bunch of guys want to buy your cleats.

  54. jnybgood64 says: Mar 17, 2017 10:48 AM

    “Finally, let’s not discount spite. With the Vikings publicly declaring that Peterson is done, would Peterson accept a low-salary, high-incentive deal from the Packers, simply for the privilege of sticking it to the team that decided after a decade that it no longer believes in him?”

    You have got to be kidding me! They pay him huge money to sit out 2 of 3 seasons due to suspension and injury, and you make it sound like they screwed the guy? I think he has already accomplished “Sticking it to the team!!

  55. fwippel says: Mar 17, 2017 10:51 AM

    What happens to Peterson will depend on how his ego takes this hit. He has always seen himself as a reliable bell-cow back who can carry the ball 20-25 times a game, and consistently deliver.

    After last season, it’s obvious that the Vikings didn’t believe that anymore. It’s doubtful that any other team will either. If he can handle being brought into a team as the #2 guy, with an opportunity to win the #1 role based on performance, he’ll find a landing spot. If not, he’ll end up retiring.

  56. fwippel says: Mar 17, 2017 10:56 AM

    One more note: The last paragraph of this story is laughable. Peterson made a very nice salary over the past three seasons, considering he missed two of those. Throw in the fact that missing 2014 was because of his own actions, not the Vikings, and I think he has made more than enough money to justify winning the rushing title in 2015.

    Would I love to see Peterson try to stick it to the Vikings as a Packer? Sure; he’d probably spend the game getting stuffed by Zimmer’s defense, and then if he did break a run, he’d fumble the ball away, along with the game.

    Peterson has had an excellent career with the Vikings, but his public whining about being mistreated by the team has ended up wearing out his welcome.

  57. atthemurph says: Mar 17, 2017 2:59 PM

    10yrs – 5 career playoff games.
    Never had fewer than 20 carries in a playoff game.
    1 playoff win.

    Reminds of another player that everyone thought was so great – Barry Sanders. Touched the ball all the time, made spectacular runs but team didn’t win and he couldn’t get them over the top.

    Barry Sanders 10yrs -6 playoff games – 1 win.

    Keep giving each of these guys the ball and they are just good enough to get you to a wildcard game only to lose.

  58. codiablo says: Mar 17, 2017 3:07 PM

    Pretty sure speilman “said” I’m done with him @ $10M, but maybe not @ $3-5M

  59. wib22 says: Mar 17, 2017 3:46 PM

    adrian peterson has ZERO CHAMPIONSHIPS

    THE VIKINGS AS A WHOLE HAVE ZERO

    ZERO

  60. whatjusthapped says: Mar 17, 2017 4:26 PM

    The Packers thrive on their family friendly image, no way should they sign Peterson, he’s a low life, morally bankrupt scumball, in other words, the perfect Viking.

  61. artic19 says: Mar 17, 2017 4:36 PM

    I wonder why they call the games before the Superbowl Championships when the post above is saying they are not?

  62. stellarperformance says: Mar 17, 2017 4:54 PM

    If the Vikings intend to unceremoniously dump all their stars at the curb as they did Peterson, they’ll have trouble getting anyone to play there.

    One day they want a 30’0″ bronze statue of the greatest Viking to ever wear the uniform. The next day they can’t get far enough away from him.

    I’d have some respect for this organization if they had cut him immediately after beating his kid. Instead, the Viking fans, blind sheep all, embraced him as they do all their questionable players.

    The fans themselves like to do nothing more than get drunk and pick fights, so it all makes sense.

  63. blowfishes says: Mar 17, 2017 7:31 PM

    If Peterson’s dad has any say in it then he will sign for the Packers just so his boy gets to take out his frustrations on his old team twice a year.

    Let’s add that his old team was the only team (from what was said at the time) willing to make AP a top 10 draft selection.

    Let’s also add that his old team paid him more than ANY running back has ever been paid before over the length of his contracts.

    But go ahead… sign for the Packers.

  64. purpleguy says: Mar 17, 2017 7:39 PM

    Vikings unceremoniously dump their stars to the curb? Spare me. Besides the fact that this comes from the fan of a a team that has unceremoniously dumped pro bowlers like Favre, Sitton, Lang, Woodson, Peppers, et al., the Vikes just celebrated the retirement of Chad Greenway, who played his entire career with the team. That and the Vikes actually signed several free agents as well as those players they actually wanted to stay with the team, so things are just fine and respectable over here, thank you. Seems pretty quiet out east, but maybe the fans are getting drunk and in between Friday fish fry bar fights cheering on woman abuser Letroy Guion and their numerous players busted for dope.

  65. philcodean says: Mar 17, 2017 10:56 PM

    ak185:
    They had to play Letroy Guion, a defensive tackle, at guard this past year against Atlanta. Tell me again how set they are at guard. Please, tell me.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    They aren't set at guard, and no one with a scintilla of knowledge about football posits such. Having said that, guard is the easiest of the OL positions to fill with competent replacements. GB has a history of finding more than adequate players to fill that position via draft and develop. Taylor did just fine and will only get better. This is not a high bar to get over. I like the Packer's chances.

  66. kissmysandwich says: Mar 19, 2017 1:26 PM

    Good. Go the the Packers and fumble in the NFC championship game…

  67. thudspeth says: Mar 20, 2017 10:46 AM

    I hope the Packers sign him. He hasn’t been worth a crap since the Vikings paid him 15 million to sit at home for beating his kids.

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